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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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Google on Tuesday agreed to buy satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, report the WSJ’s Douglas MacMillan, Rolfe Winkler and Alistair Barr. Founded in 2009, Skybox raised $94 million from investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Partners, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. The startup may have data-analysis applications that go far beyond Google Maps, the WSJ’s Elizabeth Dwoskin reports.

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A Roundup of Coverage from MIT Technology Review s Digital Summit 2014 MIT Technology Review

By MIT TR Editors on June 10, 2014

How to Build Livable Megacities The key to smarter cities might not be technology, but the existence of dense central zones made for walking.

Microsoft’s Quantum Search for the “Next Transistor” Microsoft is investing in quantum physics research that could lead to a whole new kind of computer.

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When it comes to following the FIFA World Cup, it stands to reason that the number one device around the globe would be television. After all, the 2010 World Cup had an estimated TV audience of around 3.2-billion. That’s only expected to grow larger this year and few other forms of technology have the reach or appeal of TV when it comes to sporting events. What’s interesting though is that you’re probably carrying the second most popular device for following the tournament in your pocket right now.

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The online-education boom has made technology vendors powerful. So powerful, in fact, that some university officials say it’s getting harder and harder to update their technology without placing themselves under the sway of outside companies.

Now four major research universities are trying to promote strength in numbers. They are creating a consortium, called Unizin, that they hope will help member institutions innovate on their own terms.

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From the beginning, I have maintained that crowdfunding will become an investment standard, the go-to system to raise funds and one of the best methods for sound return of investments.

Long before the JOBS Act came into play, however, crowdfunding (or its methodology) was already used in the US as a means to fund projects. One of the most prominent examples is the construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884.

 

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What drives you as an entrepreneur — ambition or obligation? - GeekWire

Shedding your 9-to-5 job to begin a freelance career can be one of the most liberating and fruitful decisions you make in your career. Freelancers enjoy tremendous flexibility and autonomy, as well as the ability to create their own brand. However, freelancers must hustle to find their own work — it's not a guaranteed paycheck. Though freelancing can be immensely beneficial career decision, it's not something you want to jump into without careful preparation.

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If I ask you what constitutes “bad” eating, the kind that leads to obesity and a variety of connected diseases, you’re likely to answer, “Salt, fat and sugar.” This trilogy of evil has been drilled into us for decades, yet that’s not an adequate answer.

We don’t know everything about the dietary links to chronic disease, but the best-qualified people argue that real food is more likely to promote health and less likely to cause disease than hyperprocessed food.

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To say that getting a business off the ground is hard work would be an understatement. Whether you’re still drafting your first business plan or recently opened your store, starting and running a business can be an exhilarating – and terrifying – experience. Six years ago, I launched my Internet marketing startup WordStream. Today, WordStream is a +$10 million company, but back then, this major milestone felt a long way off.

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A new report from Rock Health looking at the future of the biosensor wearables market shows a market in transition. The next generation of wearables is more targeted towards patient populations, particularly chronic conditions. In a Google hangout about the report, Malay Gandhi, a co-author of the report, talked about some of the qualities that are making these wearables more appealing to consumers and the b2b market and features that will give them staying power.

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Although it seems raising as much venture capital as humanly possible is Silicon Valley’s mantra, there are reasons to be cautious when signing termsheets. Startups raising a couple of million dollars had a median exit price of more than $10 million, while the outcome for those raising double that was actually worse, a recent study shows.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The heightened private equity and venture capital (PEVC) deal activity in the global healthcare industry during the recession years, 2008-2010, witnessed a decline post-2010. However, the fall in deals was not uniform among the constituent sectors, with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare equipment sectors experiencing a much sharper decline in investor interest than the healthcare technology and provider segments. Investors started to bet on providers based with the conviction they can provide quicker and safer returns than the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space, which is ridden with regulatory challenges and patent expiries.

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Seven out of ten American workers struggle to achieve an acceptable balance between work and family life, reports a new study published in American Sociological Review, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number has been climbing over time, to a point where employees — especially parents — feel stressed, overwhelmed, and maxed out. 

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